Sunday, February 15, 2015

Truffles' Daytona 500 Zoomies Event

LOOK MA, NO HANDS!!! 
WOOHOO today I'm taking my Sunday Selfie 
from behind the wheel of a moving race car!!!

(And the 2014 Sprint Cup Champion's car at that...just sayin'.)


Hey everybody, it's Truffles! You know what a huge NASCAR fan Mommy is, right? She's been counting down the days until the Daytona 500 ever since her Harvick guy was crowned the champion, and at last it's only ONE WEEK AWAY!!!

I asked Mommy if I could host a giveaway to celebrate this national holiday in our house, and she agreed! Here's the prize: a Catit Design Senses Speed Circuit, which is pretty much a racetrack for cats!


For a chance to win, simply leave a comment predicting the winning driver by midnight eastern on Sunday, February 22nd. Don't forget to leave your email address too! (Due to shipping costs this is open to US residents only, however everyone is invited to enter. Winners residing outside the US may gift or donate their prize to a friend or shelter. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, February 25th.)

In the event that more than one of you pick the winning driver, we will draw a name from a hat. If no one picks the winning driver, we will move on to second place, etc., until a winner is chosen.

If any of you would like to do something race-related on your own blogs or Facebook pages this week, we would love to see it!

Here are your driver choices, and where they finished last year:

DriverMakeTeamSponsorLast Yr
#1 Jamie McMurrayChevroletChip Ganassi RacingMcDonald's14
#2 Brad Keselowski               FordPenske RacingMiller Lite3
#3 Austin DillonChevroletRichard Childress RacingDow9
#4 Kevin HarvickChevroletStewart-Haas RacingJimmy John's/Budweiser13
#5 Kasey KahneChevroletHendrick MotorsportsGreat Clips31
#6 Trevor BayneFordRoush Fenway RacingAdvoCareDNF
#7 Alex BowmanChevroletTommy Baldwin RacingNikko/Toy State23
#9 Sam Hornish Jr.FordRichard Petty MotorsportsTwisted TeaDNR
#10 Danica PatrickChevroletStewart-Haas RacingGoDaddy/TaxACTDNF
#11 Denny HamlinToyotaJoe Gibbs RacingFedEx Express2
#13 Casey MearsChevroletGermain RacingGEICO10
#14 Tony StewartChevroletStewart-Haas RacingMobil 1/Bass Pro Shops35
#15 Clint BowyerToyotaMichael Waltrip Racing5-hour ENERGYDNF
#16 Greg BiffleFordRoush Fenway RacingOrtho8
#17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.FordRoush Fenway RacingFastenal7
#18 Kyle BuschToyotaJoe Gibbs RacingM&M's Crispy19
#19 Carl EdwardsToyotaJoe Gibbs RacingArris17
#20 Matt KensethToyotaJoe Gibbs RacingDollar General6
#21 Ryan BlaneyFordWood Brothers RacingMotorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto CenterDNR
#22 Joey LoganoFordPenske RacingShell Penzoil11
#23 J.J. YeleyToyotaBK RacingDr PepperDNR
#24 Jeff GordonChevroletHendrick MotorsportsDrive To End Hunger4
#26 Jeb BurtonToyotaBK RacingBK RacingDNR
#27 Paul MenardChevroletRichard Childress RacingPeak/Menards32
#29 Justin MarksToyotaRAB RacingAmerican Born MoonshineDNR
#30 Ron Hornaday Jr.ChevroletThe Motorsports GroupSmokey Mountain Herbal SnuffDNR
#31 Ryan NewmanChevroletRichard Childress RacingCaterpillar22
#32 Bobby Labonte               FordFAS Lane RacingC&J Energy Services15
#33 Ty DillonChevroletCircle SportCheerios/KrogerDNR
#34 David RaganFordFront Row MotorsportsKFC34
#35 Cole WhittFordFront Row MotorsportsSpeed StickDNF
#38 David Gilliland               FordFront Row MotorsportsLove's Travel Stops36
#40 Landon CassillChevroletHillman RacingSnap Fitness12
#41 Kurt BuschChevroletStewart-Haas RacingHaas Automation21
#42 Kyle LarsonChevroletChip Ganassi RacingTargetDNF
#43 Aric AlmirolaFordRichard Petty MotorsportsSmithfieldDNF
#46 Michael Annett               ChevroletHScott MotorsportsPilot Flying JDNF
#47 AJ AllmendingerChevroletJTG Daugherty RacingBush's Baked Beans26
#48 Jimmie JohnsonChevroletHendrick MotorsportsLowe's5
#51 Justin AllgaierChevroletHScott MotorsportsBrandtDNF
#55 Michael WaltripToyotaMichael Waltrip RacingAaron's Dream MachineDNF
#62 Brian ScottChevroletIdentity Ventures RacingShore Lodge25
#66 Mike WallaceToyotaIdentity Ventures RacingCrazy VaporsDNR
#78 Martin Truex Jr.ChevroletFurniture Row RacingFurniture RowDNF
#83 Johnny SauterToyotaBK RacingDustless BlastingDNR
#87 Joe NemechekChevroletNEMCO MotorsportsNEMCO MotorsportsDNQ
#88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.ChevroletHendrick MotorsportsNationwide1
#95 Michael McDowellFordLeavine Family RacingLeavine Family RacingDNQ
#98 Josh WiseChevroletPhil Parsons RacingPhil Parsons Racing24

Here's the thing about the Daytona 500: it's a total crap shoot so you don't need to know a thing about racing in order to predict a winner. It's known as a "restrictor plate race" which limits speed and increases safety, to provide an equal level of competition. The cars all run in crazy scary packs and winning is more a matter of luck than anything.

Back in 2007 our driver Kevin Harvick won the race. My grandpa's boss at the time stood to win $1,000 if Mark Martin won, and Martin was leading until the last turn of the last lap when Kevin came from 7th place to win by fractions of a second. It was a thrilling finish, but grandpa never told his boss that Kevin was our driver! Check it out:


Good luck, have fun, and may the best man Kevin Harvick win!!!

43 comments:

  1. We know absolutely nothing about racing, but we are going to select: #2 Brad Keselowski. If we win our e-mail is: janet.blue@thecatonmyhead.com. Bet Waffles selects #34. Thanks so much for joining our blog hop every week. We appreciate the support. XOCK, Lilly Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo.

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  2. We're pickin Jimmie Johnson - I mean, he could win da Super Bowl (what momma, dat wuz Jimmy Johnson, not Jimmie??)

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  3. What a novel way to pick a winner! We're going to pick Denny Hamlin.

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  4. Oh, yeah. Carl Edwards, all the way. New car owner, new team, new energy. Didn't win the Shootout last night, but we were looking pretty good. I'm very optimistic about the season overall.
    arenaissanceteacher@gmail.com

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  5. We had to come visit when we saw the race car in the thumbnail photos! We are going with our favorite guy, Matt Kenseth, who also happened to win the Sprint Unlimited last night (just sayin' too - hee hee).
    I've never done a race related post, but maybe I will this week, thanks for suggesting that! Enjoy the 500!
    Jan & the crew at Wag 'n Woof Pets

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  6. We don't know anything about racing cars, but it sure looks like something fun to do! Mom likes the number 13 so we'll go with Denny Mears.

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  7. Oh boy.... we asked Mommy to help but she doesn't know anything about racing. So she said to go with #24, Jeff Gordon cause he's sponsored by Drive To End Hunger. Our email is lolatherescuedcat@gmail.com

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  8. We don't know anything about NASCAR, but we choose Kyle Busch because his sponsor is M&Ms. YUM! our email is kittycatchronicles@gmail.com

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  9. We are going to go with #42 Kyle Larson since his sponsor is Mama's favorite store, Target. Our email is astheworldpurrs@gmail.com.

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  10. LOVE LOVE LOVE your racing selfie <3
    My guess would be #43 Aric Almirola

    XOXO

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  11. Have fun watching the race Truffles, love your selfe! Love Dolly

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  12. Great selfie Truffles. What a great giveaway too- that is very clever to give away a kitty race track. I am going with #87 because I graduated from high school that year.

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  13. I pick Jeff Gordon because of his sponsor
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  14. What a supercool racing selfie, Truffles ! We know absolutely nothing about racing, but we'll pick #18 because Dad loves M&Ms ! If we're lucky, we would love to give our prize to your favorite shelter ! Purrs

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  15. We are going to guess #9 Sam Hornish Jr. because his sponsor is Twisted Tea...and that sounds well, twisted...like some of us here at the cottage!! :p We would send our prize (were we to win!) to our Auntie who lives in San Diego. Our email address is: limbyloo700@gmail.com Love your selfie Truffle. You look like a Pro! :)

    the critters in the cottage xo

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  16. We pick #4 Kevin Harvick. Our e-mail is lilylemew@gmail.com

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  17. Faraday: Mowzers! What a RACY Selfie! Get it? Racy? Oh I crack myself up!

    (yeah, we kind of figured that, Brat.)

    Allie: The rest of us think it's pretty cool too.
    Maxwell: YETH!

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  18. OMC Truffles what a pawsum give away and what a gweat foto of you. We wuld pick you as da winner of course ifin you wuz to dwive. :) But since you not be pawt of da wace then we will pick hmmmmmm, Dale Earnhardt of course. Hims da only name we know. MOL

    Luv ya'

    Dezi and Lexi

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  19. That selfie is absolutely purrfectly done, Truffles and you race...Stunning! We'd go for Truffles, but he's not in, so we go for Jimmie Johnson #48...because we like his name :) Pawkisses for an Easy evening :) <3

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  20. Jeff Gordon. But Truffles is too cute driving. ourbutton@yahoo.com

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  21. I pick Brad Keselowski. Total guess, but it's a good Polish name! I'd love to win this for my 2 youngest boys- Mariusz (a good Polish name) and Licorice!

    cozyupwithkathy @ gmail dot com

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  22. We're gonna have to pick our favorite, Tony Stewart! Daddy's favorite is Jeff Gordon but mommy is helping us type this so we pick Tony. :) We're ready for racin' this year although we hated pole qualifying today. Oh how stupid was that! Thanks for the chance to win! Go Tony!

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  23. We are going with our homeboy #20 Matt Kenseth. Thanks for the fun contest.
    Sue B
    katsrus(at)gmail(dot)com

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  24. I'll be honest, but I'm a bit embarrassed that I don't really know anything about NASCAR racing. Mind you, I'm a HUGE car fan and the single most exciting thing I've ever done was going street racing (with someone else driving). I love watching an experienced driver drifting on the corners and just love, love, LOVE Japanese sports cars. That being said, I'm going to have to guess, and I'll go with #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.. I know my daughter's cat would love one of these.

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  25. My name is Nutmeg and my brother Cozmo and I don't know Nascar but we sure love to chase things! We pick Kevin Harvick. Thank you. areewekidding@yahoo.com

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  26. No idea in hell. There weren’t any Fancy Feast sponsored cars so I guess I’m out. Thank anyone will get killed this year?

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  27. Oh my goodness, what a brave kitty selfie.

    Emma and Buster

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  28. Our Mom & Dad lived in Daytona for 20 years! They had lots of fun there!
    Your TX furiends,
    Samantha & Mom

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  29. What a cool selfie!

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

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  30. Deer Truffles,
    I REELY want #34 David Ragan to win!
    Do you want to know why???
    Just look at who is sponsor is!!!
    love,
    Waffles

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  31. I'm hoping Greg Biffle wins.

    kaye dot killgore at comcast dot net

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  32. We love your selfie, Truffles! :)

    We'll go with Jeff Gordon #24, though we do have to say we like Kevin Harvick a lot, too.

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  33. I don't know very much about this sport but I am going with Carl Edwards.
    myrifraf(at)gmail(dot)com

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  34. Gonna go with #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.

    --Purrs (and wags) from Life with Dogs and Cats

    Email address: Susan(at)LifeWithDogsAndCats(dot)com

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  35. I am going to go with Jeff Gordan #24, this is his last year so he is going to try and go out with a bang. email is weluvdopey@sc.rr.com

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  36. I'll choose Denny Hamlin. My dad used to watch Nascar a lot and liked Jeff Gordon.
    catbooks72(at)gmail(dot)com

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  37. Since I have no idea, I'll go with your guy, Melissa...#4, Kevin Harvick. :) patucker54 (at aol dot com)

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  38. I know nothing about this but my husband says Dale Earnhart Jr. Although I think he really is a big fan of Jeff Gordon. Our cat Bobbi says she doesn't care!

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  39. we would go with your favorite, but them we saw Danica Patrick, she's a she, so we have to pick her, (plus our neighbor had a dog named after her!) Bun says the winner will be the cat racing from the litterbox!

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